The Call of the Wild by Jack London (adventure)

The Call of the Wild is about weathering through life transitions and learning how to be…

2020 Meditation by Leanne Dyck

‘view from Mayne Island’ photo by ldyck 2020 Meditation You are a vessel Pour out  what…

2019: Your Favourite Stories (list)

In 2019, I clicked my pen and wrote humour, magical realism, women’s fiction, metafiction, a narrative…

A Christmas Present (short story) by Leanne Dyck

Think back. What was one of your most favourite childhood presents–of all time; ever. What happened…

Book Review: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (contemporary romance)

Set in France, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is about enduring, transcendent love–for people…

Christmas Secrets (short story) by Leanne Dyck

A short story inspired by my mom’s naughty kid. Magical Christmas Reindeer in the woods photo…

Hmm… (a list of book quotes)

photo by ldyck December can be a challenging month for many, including me. So I thought…

Book Review: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (romance)

One rainy autumn day, I and my friend Linda spent part of an afternoon discussing The…

On Stage with the Island Storyteller (short story) by Leanne Dyck

The Agricultural Society Hall on Mayne Island, BC will be full of storytelling and music on …

Book Review: Akin by Emma Donoghue

Eighty-year-old, newly widowed, newly retired, Noah Selvaggio travels to his home-town Nice, France with an envelope…

Writing About Books (list of quotes)

I started reviewing books for this blog in 2012. Recently, I re-read my notes. To celebrate…

Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (horror)

The Picture of Dorian Gray explores what can happen to a man’s life when he is…

The Craftsman (short story) by Leanne Dyck

Many years ago, when I was in elementary school, a story I wrote was published in…

20+ Book Bloggers (list)

‘Flowers in the Fall’ photo by ldyck Where are the must-read books? What book should you…

Writing about Writers (list of quotes)

On October 10th this blog will be nine years old. Do you believe it? Nine. To…

Book Review: The Pearl by John Steinbeck (short novel)

The Pearl (a 90-page short novel written as a parable) opens with a heart-warming yet simply…

My first writers’ group (short story) by Leanne Dyck

In elementary school, I wrote a poem that was published in my school’s newsletter and a…

Bunny: A Novel by Mona Awad (literary fiction)

This book’s message:  How you feel about me is none of my business. How I feel…

Afi (short story) by Leanne Dyck (2 of 2)

At the end of part one of this two-part short story, I was just about to read…

Afi (short story) by Leanne Dyck (1 of 2)

I’m blessed with a wonderfully supportive family–and friends–who have nurtured my writing. Here’s an early example……

Book Review: The Princess Dolls by Ellen Schwartz (historical fiction)

What would you do if you felt a friend was being treated unjustly? Buy this book …

The Invisible Woman (short story) by Leanne Dyck

The case of the mysteriously disappearing woman… on Vancouver Island photo by ldyckThe Invisible Woman The…

Book Review: The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood (historical fiction)

In 1934, during the Great Depression, the birth of the Dionne quintuplets charmed Canadians and the…

Guest Post: Author Ellen Schwartz

This summer I had an opportunity to meet and share my writing with Ellen Schwartz. She…

Book Review: Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

A father and a son prepare to leave their homeland and cross the ocean to–what they…